Actress and now author Naya Rivera is best known for her six seasons on Glee as sassy cheerleader Santana Lopez and her engagement to rapper Big Sean. Presently, the 29-year-old is busy raising her eight month old son, Josey, with husband Ryan Dorsey. Recently, Rivera spoke with Fit Pregnancy and Baby Magazine about her pregnancy, motherhood and more. Checkout a few excerpts below.
On weight gain during her pregnancy:
I completely let myself go when I was pregnant. Weight wasn’t something I wanted to focus on, so I ate anything and everything and had a blast. Afterward, I was, like, ‘Let’s get back to business.’
On her husband as a father:
Ryan is a very hands-on, loving, and nurturing dad. If Josey doesn’t want to go to sleep, Ryan will bust out his guitar and play him some songs, and Josey will fall asleep immediately. It’s the cutest thing to watch.
On how working as a nanny in the past prepared her for motherhood:
I was thrown up on and pooped on, so I knew what I was getting into! You’re always going to wonder if you’re doing things wrong, but that’s what it means to be a mom, to care so much about someone else that you just want to be as perfect as possible.
On sharing her baby on social media:
I try to keep [shots of Josey] to a minimum, Do not get me wrong. I want to post photos of him every day because he’s so cute, but I try to just post mostly on holidays, because some things should be kept private. Obviously, doing a magazine cover with him was a big decision, but I know it’s something we’ll look back on and cherish.
On dealing with her weight gain after her pregnancy:
My closet was divided in half: On one side were maternity clothes and on the other side were clothes I thought I would never wear again.’
On the importance of hiring a trainer to whip her back into shape:
I know I’m lucky. Not all moms can afford one, she confesses. But I’m not really self-motivated. And I don’t know what to do at the gym. I always feel lost. [Without a trainer] I’d probably just end up not working out, and then go to the steam room. I did a lot of weight training, which I had never done before, I was wearing maternity gear while working my butt off. One advantage she was happy to have: Muscle memory luckily kicked in.
On her relationship with her mother:
If I’m a fraction of the mother my mom is, I’ll be happy, Very happy. I have these ‘aha’ moments about motherhood all the time. For instance, when it was my birthday earlier this year, I called my mom and said, ‘I totally get it now; birthdays are for the parents.’ Now I understand that the day you give birth to your child, and see him for the first time, will always be such a special day.
Naya will be releasing her first book entitled “Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes and Growing Up” which will hit bookstands this September.